Atascosa County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 4 courthouses in Atascosa County.
Can I appeal my case?
A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00.
Small Claims Court Case Types
A variety of cases are handled in small claims court. This could be an action to get your security deposit back, or an action to recover money for damage done to your vehicle after a car accident. The only types of cases that are prohibited are an assignment of a claim (whereby you transfer your interest in a case for someone else to collect), a divorce, or a case filed by a collection agency or agents.
What is the trial like?
Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. This allows the trials to be conducted in a much more informal fashion. Generally the judge will ask questions to help develop the facts and understand the context and circumstances surrounding the case. A small claims court trial is much quicker, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. However, if a party wishes for a jury trial, it will likely last a few hours.
Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Atascosa County
A Justice of the Peace for Atascosa County hears small claims court cases for Atascosa County.
Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court
A plaintiff cannot demand more than $10,000 in their action. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Additionally, a small claims court plaintiff can only ask the court for monetary relief. You are unable to seek injunctive or equitable relief. For example, if you pay a painter $1,000 to paint your house and the painter does not even begin, you cannot ask the court to issue an order for the painter to paint your house. This type of relief would be injunctive relief.
Can I file my small claims case in Atascosa County?
You should file your action in the County and specific Precinct where the defendants reside or where the defendant has contracted to perform. (Government Code Section 28.011).
Small Claims Court Clerk
We recommend contacting the Atascosa County court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. The clerk is an excellent resource for the procedure for small claims court cases in Texas but also any procedures specific to that County or courthouse. It is recommended that you contact the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open during the hours you want to visit. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice.
Do I need to hire an Attorney?
You are allowed to hire an attorney (Texas Government Code Section 28.003), however, most small claims court parties choose to represent themselves. This is because cases involving $10,000 or less usually do not justify the cost of an attorney. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003).
Atascosa County Court Locations
The precinct map for Atascosa County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Courthouse in the City of Pleasanton
This courthouse is located at:2136 2nd St Pleasanton, TX 78064
Precinct 2 Courthouse in the City of Lytle
This courthouse is located at:1567 FM 3175 Lytle, TX 78052
Precinct 3 Courthouse in the City of Jourdanton
This courthouse is located at:810 Main St Jourdanton, TX 78026
Precinct 4 Courthouse in the City of Pleasanton
This courthouse is located at:744 Hwy 281 S Pleasanton, TX 78064-4402